General Petraeus Becomes a “Bump in the Road” Just in Time for Veteran’s Day

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Late last Friday afternoon we learned that General David Petraeus, former commander of our armed forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan and currently the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has resigned from his post because of an extramarital affair.  In the wake of his announcement, the White House was quick to float the news, as well, that thanks to this resignation, the general will not be testifying in the investigation into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi two months ago.

As anyone with eyes and ears is aware, the murky story about the events of that terrible night back in September has swirled violently from one ridiculous, infuriating story arc to the next, morphing into one of the most disgraceful coverups in America’s history.  The plot now thickens with the timely destruction of a respected warrior who was linked to the announcement a few days before election day 2012 that no one in his agency is responsible for the orders that resulted in the death of a Navy Seal who had defied orders to save Americans left attacked and unprotected in a remote and dangerous outpost.  In other words, the current powers that be tell us, the people of America will not be hearing from a man who poses a threat to this newly re-elected administration, a man who has now been undermined by a “coincidentally” timed scandal designed to silence him and render him, and anything he might say, inconsequential.

The General, then, becomes yet another “bump in the road.”  And just in time for Veteran’s Day, that day every November when we honor the men and women who have risked their lives to protect the people of America and the founding principles that, until last Tuesday, have made this country the greatest testament to liberty and human dignity the world has ever known.

If the adminstration thought this would end both the General’s “not optimal” testimony in the ongoing coverup, as well as the population’s desire for the truth, it was wrong.   While half of America may be willing to swallow the nonsense the powers that be have fed them, we members of the other half, the half that believes in truth and the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, are only more inflamed and angered by the latest wrinkle in the Benghazi scandal/coverup.

The theories behind the transparent timing of this “coincidence” are spreading like wildfire.  My favorite, the one my weary heart is depending on, holds that “someone” attempted to urge the General to fall in line and be a good little boy.  Tell the investigators what we want you to tell them, says the someone, and we won’t release this pesky information about your unbecoming conduct with a woman not your wife.  I like to think the General, a 37-year veteran of battlefield strategy, launched in turn a surprise attack.  He resigned.  In so doing, he becomes a private citizen, one faced with serious private issues at home to be sure, but one faced, as well, with the liberty to say whatever he cares to say to a panel of investigators looking in to the death of four Americans.  Despite the scandal that currently stains his character, our half of America now depends on him to embrace the military traditions of honor and courage, especially on this very symbollic day.

And once again, our half of America waits for a message that our ideals and principles and the courage that molded them are not dead.  Defy the orders, General, we plead, just like Navy Seal Tyrone Woods did on that terrible September night.  Speak for us, and speak for him.  Indeed half of our America is praying that the General will honor his own service, the men and women who served with him, and those who came before him and defend the sacrifices and traditions of his calling that are today being trashed and betrayed.  Will he be a hero and speak what he knows?  Or will he remain silent and thus nullify all the good he has done in the past.  My half of America, today of all days as we honor those who have risked and sacrificed their lives for us, wait for him to bring the truth to light.


  1. Mr. C
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think we’ll be hearing anything from him. He’ll just disappear.

  2. Betsy Siino
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, you’re probably right. I’m so tired of expecting people to do what’s right and yes, even heroic. We need something to go our way just once. But at this point, thanks to the events of the last week, I’m not holding my breath. But still we persevere….

  3. aPLWBinAK
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    One wonders what they are really hiding. This Petreaus story is way way beyond rediculous, and well into the surreal. Why? Because it started with one (creepy looking) woman sending another a “stay away from my man” email, and has evolved into a story that is dominating headlines day and night….REALLY???? The F.B.I. chose to ‘investigate’ that first email?? Oh how stupid they think we are to believe all this….

  4. hahahaha
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    You wouldnt defend him if he was a democrat.

  5. Betsy Siino
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    First, I am not defending him. I am begging for truth. And for the record, I am utterly disgusted with everyone involved in this ever-growing scandal that is leaving us the ripest target we have ever been. I just wish there was still such a thing as treason in this country, and that people actually still cared. Also for the record, I have no idea what political party any of these people claim. And I don’t care. This is an issue that you would think affects all Americans, regardless of party affiliation. But, unfortunately, even the death of four Americans and rampat dereliction of duty that reaches all the way to the White House, has become an issue of left versus right, and that is a disgrace.

  6. tigermom
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Petraeus will be testifying.

  7. Betsy Siino
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    And what great news that was this morning.

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